Stipa pulchra

Stipa pulchra

purple needlegrass



  • Our state grass grows 2 to 3 feet tall but can be taller in flower
  • Has iridescent inflorescence in spring setting seed and curing early for a perennial (by the end of May)
  • Can take mowing often will green up in summer after mowing grazing or fire
  • Found in dry sunny grasslands but can grow in oak woodlands and chaparral
  • It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
  • Found in all sections

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